Uncovered: Why the West does not understand Kali

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By Nithin Sridhar

“In the distant past, the land that would be India played host to a war between ancient aliens, whose cross-temporal battles contributed to the country’s rich myths and legends. Kali, oldest and deadliest of these creatures, was thought defeated long, long ago; her body scattered throughout time to prevent her return. But her psychic essence could not be killed… nor her millennia-long quest for vengeance.

“Now, in the 23rd Century, she is on the brink of resurrection. And with India at the forefront of human spaceflight, it’s not only Earth that falls to her predations if she succeeds – but the whole cosmos!

“In a race against time, and across it, the Doctor and Clara must gather secrets, intelligence, and allies from across India’s past, present, and future – if they are to survive… THE SWORDS OF KALI.”

This is the summary of the second story in the Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor comic strip published by the Titan Comics. The story portrays Goddess Kali, one of the most revered mothers in Hinduism as an alien creature who is seeking revenge. The comic appears to have even appropriated the story of Sati and how her body parts were scattered after she burned herself in her father’s Yajna (fire ritual) and distorted it to fit into their story of alien battles.

There is nothing wrong per se with portrayal of Kali or other Hindu Gods and symbols in comics or movies. But, such a portrayal should be true to their meaning and depiction in the source culture. A distorted portrayal not only depicts ignorance and negligence on the part of those who use other culture’s symbols, but when this distortion keeps happening again and again, it points towards deliberate malaise and pre-conceived biases towards certain cultures that are outside the mainstream western culture.

Depiction of Goddess Kali in American entertainment industry

The Titan comics are neither the first nor the only people to portray Mother Kali in a negative as well as incorrect manner. Here are the few examples:

  1. In 1984 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” movie, Goddess Kali was portrayed as a monster, to whom human sacrifices were given by Thugees. The whole scene is depicted dramatically in such a way that it gives the impression as if Goddess Kali is some kind of evil.
  2. In 2008, Supermodel Heidi Klum dressed as Goddess Kali for a Halloween party. When asked about why she chose to dress like Kali, she said the idea was given to her by her secretary, and she added:”I loved it because she’s so mean and killed all these different people and had fingers hanging off her and little shrunken heads everywhere.” Her statement clearly shows that she considers Kali as a mean people killer, which clearly depicts her lack of understanding of the iconography of Kali.
  3. In 2010, in a famous TV series called “Supernatural”, both Mother Kali and her son Lord Ganesha have been depicted in a very poor light. First, it portrays Goddess Kali as having an affair with Angel Gabriel. Then, it portrays Ganesha as a big fat man who is reduced to a splash of blood by Lucifer, the evil personified in Christian theology. The whole episode makes a mockery of Hindu religion and Hindu deities on multiple counts. It propagates the medieval Christian view that depicts Pagan gods as inferior and powerless compared to even the Christian angels and equates Hindu Gods and Hindu symbols with other pagan systems. The episode not only shows the extent of ignorance present in western society about Hinduism, but also shows the pre-conceived bias they have cultivated.
  4. The 2012 online video action game SMITE allowed players to play as various gods and other characters. The game includes characters from Hindu, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian, and Norse civilizations. The fact that various Gods from Hinduism like Kali, Agni, Rama etc. has been included alongside Gods from Pagan cultures which no longer flourishes, again shows a medieval Christian mentality of rejecting everything non-Christian as pagan and hence inferior and false. This view is further highlighted by the absence of any angels or characters from Christian or other Abrahamic mythologies.
  5. In 2014, Goddess Kali was included in a sexual joke shown in TBS late nights where it showed Kali as one among various historical women, with which one can have sex using Time Bone machine.
  6. In January this year, Fox’s show “Sleepy Hollow” showed Vetala (a spirit) who has no significant connection with Goddess Kali as being a demon servant of her. It further showed a statue of Kali being used to turn a man into a demon, something which is alien to the understanding of Kali or Vetala or the concept of demon in Hinduism.
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Heidi Klum dressed as Kali

These few examples are enough to show the ignorance and the disdain that is shared by many people in the west, especially those who are involved in making movies, TV shows, comic strips etc. and other aspects of the entertainment industry. But, these negative portrayals are not limited to entertainment industry alone. It is present in western academics as well.

Depiction of Kali in Western Academics

Sarah Caldwell, in her articleThe Bloodthirsty tongue and the self-fed breast, homosexual fellatio fantasy in a south Indian ritual tradition” which won her the Robert Stoller award, writes:

This essay demonstrates that in Kerala, symbolism of the fierce goddess [Kali] does not represent abreactions of the primal scene fantasies of a Kleinian phallic mother or introjection of the fathers penis; rather, we will show that themes of eroticism and aggression in the mythology are male transsexual fantasies reflecting intense preoedipal fixation on the mothers body and expressing conflicts over primary feminine identity.”

She further quotes D. M. Wulffs view on the imagery of Goddess Kali: “[Kali] is herself, first of all, a phallic being, the mother with a penis, she stands triumphantly erect on Sivas body, sword raised, fingers pointed, and eyes and tongue protruding. At the same time, draped with severed heads and hands, she is the bloodied image of the castrating and menstruating (thus castrating) female.”

According to them, Mother Kali symbolizes “male transsexual fantasies” and is a “mother with a penis” who depicts a “castrating female.” These depictions are completely alien to Hindu perception of Goddess Kali. The academics seem to have an intention to portray the worship of Kali as a worship of “mother with a penis” just like they often portray the worship of Lord Shiva as a worship of “human phallus” without properly understanding the meaning of “Linga” which has multiple meanings like mark, pillar, phallus etc.

Prof. Dr. Narasingha Sil in his 1996 lecture which has been published here- “The Status of Kali in American Academia” says: “Then, with the advent of the electronic age since the late eighties and the early nineties, the Bengali Kali was sacrificed at the altar of the free-thinking, free-wheeling but utterly benighted computer buffs and has been transformed into a pretty and lusty beast of the East that you are now looking at—a booted but naked woman with markedly Mediterranean features perched on a toilet seat, possessing six hands (any being other than the bimanual human is enough to be regarded as a Hindu deity) holding all the artifices of autoerotism, and actually masturbating with an oversize dildo.

Or we have Kali who resembles a monstrous mutant sci-fi creature with a lolling tongue or, partially true to some indigenous iconography, an excessively passionate female in rut or animal heat on top of the ethyphallus Mahadeva, the Great God (another appellation of Siva) in a posture of viparitarati [reverse sex].

Dr. Sil further quotes a few poems on Kali taken from the internet. One poem runs like this:

“Kali is a slut, and a bitch.
She fucked your grandmother and your grandfather at the same time.
Kali is willing to sexually/spiritually ravish
all would-be lovers: man, woman and child.”

Another similar poem reads thus:

Kali, my Bitch-Slut-Whore,
fuckest Thou my Dad and Gran,
great Kinky Tart, would Thou
do as much for I, Thy son.

Therefore, the current conception of Goddess Kali among many people in the west is not only that of a blood-lusting monster or a mother with a penis but also as one who masturbates with an oversized dildo and is a complete slut who sleeps with everybody.

These highly sexual and perverse interpretations of Goddess Kali is completely alien to Hindu philosophy and iconography.

Mother Kali in Hindu tradition

The name Kali which is actually pronounced as “kAli”, is taken from the root word “kaala” which can either mean time or darkness. Time denotes motion as time is always in motion. The time has no beginning. It is always changing. In fact, the whole universe and all its objects are always in the motion driven by time. The objects, take birth, grow in size, decay and finally die. This whole process is driven by time. And Kali is one who is the essence of “time”, who is “time” herself.

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Therefore, it is Kali who creates, controls, and destroys the Universe. She is called as “Adya-the oldest or the first” who is the source of all changes, all manifestations. The other meaning of the term “Darkness” or “Black” also denotes the same meaning.

Just as Black color denotes an absorption of all colors in science, Kali represents a state wherein the whole universe lies absorbed in an Unmanifested seed state (also called as Mula-prakriti). Therefore, as the embodiment of time, she is the creator and sustainer of the universe, and as an embodiment of darkness, she denotes the dissolution of the Universe.

She can be considered as equivalent to Samkhyan Prakriti and Vedantic Maya. Therefore, her name or her color which is “Black” does not denote that she is a “monster”.

Now coming to her iconographic details, she is shown as having her tongue lolling out with blood dripping from her mouth. She is usually depicted as having four hands, with one holding a sword, another a severed head, the other two hands are in the mudras of granting blessings and grant fearlessness, or sometimes hold objects like lotus or a bowl. She is naked with disheveled hairs and is usually shown in the backdrop of a Samshaan (cremation ground). She wears a garland of skulls around her neck and a skirt made of severed hands.

Now, let us look at what these means. A garment is a covering draped on the body. The whole cosmos can be understood as a cosmic body of Kali. There is nothing outside it. Therefore, she is without a garment, without a covering. Hence, she is naked. Garment can also represent the limitation of “rupa/form”. The manifestation of various objects is nothing but a manifestation of nama (name) and rupa (form). But, Kali being the unmanifested source has no “rupa” and hence is naked. The garment may also denote the three gunas i.e. Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, that is worn by Atman (Self) to become manifest as universe. Kali who is non-different from Atman in its absolute state, is without the gunas and hence naked. Therefore, there is no sexuality involved in her depiction as being naked.

The blood dripping from her mouth and her apparent blood-lust depicts a very specific spiritual process of “Rakta-Shuddi”, the purification of the blood. Blood is the most important carrier of the Prana (vital force) in the physical body. The purification of the Prana and hence of the blood is very important in Kundalini yoga. Goddess Kali is the one who purifies the Prana. Her drinking of blood denotes this purification of blood and vital force. This drinking of blood can also mean the absorption of the individual vital forces into herself. That is, she liberates a person from bondage to physical body and helps him to merge his subtle body into hers, thereby attaining spiritual union with her.

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Kali lithograph

The severed head indicates the ego of the individuals that is afflicted with lust, anger, delusion and other passions of the mind. The sword is used to cut this unpurified ego. Goddess Kali is the one who grants purification of the mind by cutting of the limited ego that is afflicted with mental passions called “arishdvarga”. The hands showing boon and a sign of fearlessness needs no further explanation.

The severed hands represent Karmas or actions. “Hands” are one of the organs of actions and hence is used as a symbol for “Karmas”. She wears a skirt of severed hands, because it is she alone who is able to severe our karmas, and make us free of their bondage. She helps the spiritual practitioners to move towards Moksha (liberation), by cutting their Karmas one by one.

The garland of severed heads are sometimes depicted as being 51 in numbers that depict the 51 letters of Sanskrit and hence the whole domain of speech and knowledge. The garland of skulls may also denote that a person has to undergo hundreds of lives in various bodies before he could attain Moksha. The disheveled hair denote that she is not bound by the rules of human society.

She is usually depicted as having one of her legs on the chest of Lord Shiva who lies on the ground in a static state. This represents the Purusha-Prakriti aspect of Samkhya. Shiva is static absolute Brahman, Kali is the power of this Brahman to have motion. Therefore, Shiva is lying without movement and Kali is standing or dancing on him.

In some depictions, especially with respect to forms like Chinnamasta, the Shakti is shown as being in a sexual union with Shiva who is lying static on the ground. The imagery is a direct depiction of the cosmic union of Purusha and Prakriti. The fact that Brahman and his power are non-different is being depicted in this imagery. The sexual union being the physical imitation of the cosmic union, the imagery aims to highlight the comic and spiritual union through sexual union. Further, in certain tantrika sadhanas (tantrika practices), the sexual energy is used to attain a spiritual union.

But, these nuances are either missed or deliberately ignored in the western commentary on Hinduism. Their understanding and interpretation of Goddess Kali is completely alien to Hindu world-view. In fact, the depictions of Kali as monstrous mother with a penis or as a whore can be easily branded as blasphemous if such a concept of blasphemy had been present in Hinduism.

This freedom of expression without concepts like blasphemy is being misused by certain quarters of western academia, media, and entertainment industry. The tantrika philosophy and spirituality is dismissed as superstition and in their place, perverse, incorrect, and non-existent meanings are being attached to Goddess Kali and other Hindu deities and symbols.

But, all is not lost.

Every cloud has a silver lining

There are many authors and teachers in the west who have understood Hinduism and Hindu traditions in depth. Their writings and teachings are in conformity with the Hindu philosophy. For example, books by authors like David Frawley and Dr. Robert Svoboda are very thorough and shed new light on ancient teachings.

Photo: http://www.rebellesociety.com/2015/08/07/kali-takes-new-york-sign-of-the-times/
Kali projection in New York. Photo: http://www.rebellesociety.com/2015/08/07/kali-takes-new-york-sign-of-the-times/

Just yesterday, a huge image of Mother Kali was projected on the face of the Empire State Building. It was part of a display by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and his team Projecting Change to create awareness about wildlife extinction. The display included projection of a large number of endangered animals and at the end of it the image of Mother Kali was depicted.

Regarding the event, this article says: “This Kali apparition over Manhattan may be our last warning. Fierce protectress of truth, she tells it like it is, she beckons us to dive into the dark, to face the stark reality of the global ecological crisis upon us, and to let heartbreak be the ground from which we awaken and serve.

It further adds: “It is time to get our Kali on inside and out; to cut off the head and commit to the heart on all levels. So many of us are shedding our false selves, empty certainties and small lives, and no matter how much we wish for the safety of the old, the more desperately we hold on, the hotter the fires of the Real.”

  • Navita

    Thank you, a very helpful article providing information from the authentic side. Much needed to correct the arrogant, self-serving and machiavellian interpretations of certain streams of Western ‘academics’ and society.

  • Hipo

    Wonderful explanation. Befitting reply to wendy doniger and groups. The aspersion on Hindu God and Goddesses proves metal bankruptcy of west. Sister Nivedita wrote a magnificient book on Mother Kali.

  • Dr.R.K.D.Goel

    God Study by Mr. Prahbatji

  • Sherry April Bailey

    WTH….

    GTH in a hand basket, all that follow darkness….

  • Shriram Bhandari

    Beautiful article and quite a shocking revelation.

  • Samrat Nigam

    As a Hindu myself i don’t rule out the possibility that our gods and goddesses were powerful alien beings from another Earth like planet who came to Earth for creating life, spreading wisdom, philosophy, art & architecture, construction work, agriculture, maths, physics and science. Only there is no hard evidence except for speculations in Ancient Alien series of History Channel and UFOlogists like Georgio Tsukolos, Eric Von Danikan etc. I have read and ripped the book ‘Chariots of the Gods’ by Von Danikan and am amazed at the questions he has raised for example when humanity enters its space age and hight technological breakthroughs in the fields of flight, space, medical science, cybernetics, bio technology, Artificial intelligence, communication and robotics –
    1 will he explore other planets
    2 If we find Earth like planets will we make the intelligent humans of that planet the slaves and colonize them?
    3 Will special cyborgs or robots be used for war and medical treatments?
    4 Will there be an inter planetary war if we find aliens? etc etc
    These questions are fetched and baffling to mankind today. But who knows what lies for the curiosity of man and his quest to explore the unknown in the future.

    If Aliens visited Earth say even the probability of 1-5%, they might have been explorers just like we are exploring our solar system today. But the Aliens might have been an advanced inter-stellar travelers and not an inferior species like we are today.

    We all know that UFO’s are mystery. The witnesses who have seen them call them real. Many stories, real abduction cases and real (not fake) videos are there to be seen on UFO sighting documentaries and films. But still UFO’s remain a mystery till date. The mysteries of Bermuda triangle and Pacific Bermuda Triangle. Lost underwater cities and civilizations like Atlantis are a complete mystery.

  • Trdgrde

    Cultural appropriation theory is ridiculous. Every culture BORROWS from another culture, modifies and adapts those elements to enrich their own. I love mythology, I love religion, especially Asian religions, which I respect the most. My interest in Indian religious expressions stem from many sources. Popular Culture is one of them (besides scientific magazines, books and documentaries). As a kid, when I saw a representation of any god in comics, I investigated about them. The thought that states that use of some religious elements in popular culture is cultural appropriation is absurd.

    The idea that Kali is seen as a sexualized image only because of popular culture, which is reduced as “cultural appropriation” is just the product of the imagination of the idiots and the perpetually offended mentally ill.

  • Aoneesh Sharma

    I am booking marking this article because this is a good article and has done a good job in its effort to spread the truth.

  • Philip Sieve

    I like to know how the cultural context of things. That said, welcome to how academia and the media see Christianity and abuse it’s symbols and cosmic heros (thus no misused angelic video game characters are needed, though it would be cool to fight opposing deities using St. Michael the Archangel, who is one of the highest servants of God) far more than it does others’.

    • Narasingha Sil

      Dear Poop (sorry Phup): your first “sentence” gives you away: you’re illiterate!

      • Phup

        I sometimes write in a rush. Your reply shows you cannot form a counter- argument if you have no intelligent one to give, so you have to be a child and call names.

        • Narasingha Sil

          I see where you’re coming from and I take your “hurt” with equanimity. However, don’t write anything “in a rush.” I do have something to say but I don’t waste my time arguing with any TDH. Sorry for being so choosy and so “elitist” —it comes with the territory (I’m a retired, not a retarded, academic). I choose my adversary. In your case, dear “Phup” (whatever it designates), I must confess to my hesitation to enter into a dialog with someone so imbecile as to hide his/her birthname.

          • Phup

            Are you Indian? Well, it comes from the land where some have been left dirt poor for some imaginary poorly-spent past life. Yeah. That is kind of elitist. The grammar suffered from a rush, but I wrote with more thought in a rush than you have with more time. Keep insulting to say voice writing anything intelligent in response to my first reply. People will see you clearly.

          • Phup

            Pride might inspire me to comment so much, but I don’t need everyone to know who wrote it. You should try that in order to stop humiliating yourself further with childish retorts.

          • Narasingha Sil

            Thoussanndd apologies, dear Capt. Nemo. Yes, you’re right. I have inadvertently humiliated myself in getting into a verbal exchange with the great Phup. Mea culpa! It won’t happen again. However, one interesting offshoot of our dialog has been that I am reminded of the proud Humpty Dumpty’s talk with the little Alice in the wonderland. I, of course, do not dare to insult you by reproducing the relevant passage from that classic as I presume you’re familiar with it already. Stay well and stay blessed.

  • Manthra koliyer

    This article has made many misconceptions away

  • revrobertwaters

    Good article, though it commits the common contemporary error of confusing actually believing one’s religion (and thus rejecting what conflicts with it) as some kind of bigotry.

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  • Navita

    Thank you, a very helpful article providing information from the authentic side. Much needed to correct the arrogant, self-serving and machiavellian interpretations of certain streams of Western ‘academics’ and society.

  • Hipo

    Wonderful explanation. Befitting reply to wendy doniger and groups. The aspersion on Hindu God and Goddesses proves metal bankruptcy of west. Sister Nivedita wrote a magnificient book on Mother Kali.

  • Dr.R.K.D.Goel

    God Study by Mr. Prahbatji

  • Sherry April Bailey

    WTH….

    GTH in a hand basket, all that follow darkness….

  • Shriram Bhandari

    Beautiful article and quite a shocking revelation.

  • Samrat Nigam

    As a Hindu myself i don’t rule out the possibility that our gods and goddesses were powerful alien beings from another Earth like planet who came to Earth for creating life, spreading wisdom, philosophy, art & architecture, construction work, agriculture, maths, physics and science. Only there is no hard evidence except for speculations in Ancient Alien series of History Channel and UFOlogists like Georgio Tsukolos, Eric Von Danikan etc. I have read and ripped the book ‘Chariots of the Gods’ by Von Danikan and am amazed at the questions he has raised for example when humanity enters its space age and hight technological breakthroughs in the fields of flight, space, medical science, cybernetics, bio technology, Artificial intelligence, communication and robotics –
    1 will he explore other planets
    2 If we find Earth like planets will we make the intelligent humans of that planet the slaves and colonize them?
    3 Will special cyborgs or robots be used for war and medical treatments?
    4 Will there be an inter planetary war if we find aliens? etc etc
    These questions are fetched and baffling to mankind today. But who knows what lies for the curiosity of man and his quest to explore the unknown in the future.

    If Aliens visited Earth say even the probability of 1-5%, they might have been explorers just like we are exploring our solar system today. But the Aliens might have been an advanced inter-stellar travelers and not an inferior species like we are today.

    We all know that UFO’s are mystery. The witnesses who have seen them call them real. Many stories, real abduction cases and real (not fake) videos are there to be seen on UFO sighting documentaries and films. But still UFO’s remain a mystery till date. The mysteries of Bermuda triangle and Pacific Bermuda Triangle. Lost underwater cities and civilizations like Atlantis are a complete mystery.

  • Trdgrde

    Cultural appropriation theory is ridiculous. Every culture BORROWS from another culture, modifies and adapts those elements to enrich their own. I love mythology, I love religion, especially Asian religions, which I respect the most. My interest in Indian religious expressions stem from many sources. Popular Culture is one of them (besides scientific magazines, books and documentaries). As a kid, when I saw a representation of any god in comics, I investigated about them. The thought that states that use of some religious elements in popular culture is cultural appropriation is absurd.

    The idea that Kali is seen as a sexualized image only because of popular culture, which is reduced as “cultural appropriation” is just the product of the imagination of the idiots and the perpetually offended mentally ill.

  • Aoneesh Sharma

    I am booking marking this article because this is a good article and has done a good job in its effort to spread the truth.

  • Philip Sieve

    I like to know how the cultural context of things. That said, welcome to how academia and the media see Christianity and abuse it’s symbols and cosmic heros (thus no misused angelic video game characters are needed, though it would be cool to fight opposing deities using St. Michael the Archangel, who is one of the highest servants of God) far more than it does others’.

    • Narasingha Sil

      Dear Poop (sorry Phup): your first “sentence” gives you away: you’re illiterate!

      • Phup

        I sometimes write in a rush. Your reply shows you cannot form a counter- argument if you have no intelligent one to give, so you have to be a child and call names.

        • Narasingha Sil

          I see where you’re coming from and I take your “hurt” with equanimity. However, don’t write anything “in a rush.” I do have something to say but I don’t waste my time arguing with any TDH. Sorry for being so choosy and so “elitist” —it comes with the territory (I’m a retired, not a retarded, academic). I choose my adversary. In your case, dear “Phup” (whatever it designates), I must confess to my hesitation to enter into a dialog with someone so imbecile as to hide his/her birthname.

          • Phup

            Are you Indian? Well, it comes from the land where some have been left dirt poor for some imaginary poorly-spent past life. Yeah. That is kind of elitist. The grammar suffered from a rush, but I wrote with more thought in a rush than you have with more time. Keep insulting to say voice writing anything intelligent in response to my first reply. People will see you clearly.

          • Phup

            Pride might inspire me to comment so much, but I don’t need everyone to know who wrote it. You should try that in order to stop humiliating yourself further with childish retorts.

          • Narasingha Sil

            Thoussanndd apologies, dear Capt. Nemo. Yes, you’re right. I have inadvertently humiliated myself in getting into a verbal exchange with the great Phup. Mea culpa! It won’t happen again. However, one interesting offshoot of our dialog has been that I am reminded of the proud Humpty Dumpty’s talk with the little Alice in the wonderland. I, of course, do not dare to insult you by reproducing the relevant passage from that classic as I presume you’re familiar with it already. Stay well and stay blessed.

  • Manthra koliyer

    This article has made many misconceptions away

  • revrobertwaters

    Good article, though it commits the common contemporary error of confusing actually believing one’s religion (and thus rejecting what conflicts with it) as some kind of bigotry.

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Author Maria Wirth Shares Her Opinions on The Idea of Hinduism

Author Maria Wirth speaks on Religion, Indian Culture, etc

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A picture of Author Maria Wirth. Facebook

By Muskan Bhantagar

Author Maria Wirth belongs to Germany and has been living in India from past 38 years.  She is the author of the book ‘Thank You India: A German Woman’s Journey to the Wisdom of Yoga’. Newsgram gets in a conversation with her over a telephonic interview. Here’s an excerpt:

Muskan Bhantagar: 38 years back when you came to visit india, what was the thing about indian culture or precisely hinduism that made you fall in love with it and stay back in India?

Maria Wirth: Actually, it was not too much India that attracted me. When I was in Germany still i had many questions like i was very much intrested in what is life and what is the meaning of life and I was reading on Buddhism at a time and I was not connecting Buddhism to India strangely, and i knew very little about India. So a friend convinced me to stop over in India and only when i bought a book by Swami Vivekananda, i discovered what great treasure is in India. I had no idea, anything about what Hinduism is about. it’s just what you hear usually in the west, is about caste systems,etc. So I didn’t associate India with anything positive actually and then by chance, I discovered there’s such a great treasure here and it is such a pity that we don’t know about it.

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Maria recalls how initially she could not relate India with anything positive. Pixabay

Muskan Bhantagar: As we read in your articles that Islam and christianity have been promoting and propogating their religion for years now, but the hindus don’t do so. What do you think can be the reason behind this? 

Maria Wirth: Well I think, I was just writing an article I mean when you think how much Hindus have suffered over the last thousand years. So many were beheaded and tortured under the Muslims and then again under the British also. British were also very very brutual, especially after 1857 and etc. And hindus had no way to stand up for their religion. And I think this has gone very deep into the system of Hindus.

And then ofcourse after Independence, this secular education and even Hinduism is now put down even more than earlier. Earlier, education was not so under the Muslims, they had to lie low but they could still have gurukuls and their schools but not now.

So I think one reason is that you have been intimidated so much and also expect so much and like Arun Shourie, in his book he writes that 6th standard students learn in school, etc in Bengal that Islam and Christianity are the only religions which treat the human beings with dignity and equality. I mean such sentences. When you’re a child, it goes into you and then you just look down on it. And I think slowly slowly, even parents of these children say they have been brought up already like this.

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Maria says that Hindus were previously tortured under the Islamic Community. Pixabay

Muskan Bhantagar: A large number of Indians are unaware about their own culture and heritage. What do you think can be a solution to this problem?

Maria Wirth: I mean it should get also in the schools. I was so shocked when I came to know that nothing is taught in Indian schools. Neither Mahabharata, Ramayana, Upanishad. Upanishad is philosophy, there is nothing to do with religion. It was very insidious that the British kind of bend or this stuff from being taught, because it doesn’t help them because it would make people strong. They wanted to destroy Indian sanskriti, Indian culture because it has lot of strength. Now like the young generation in India, they were brain-washed into believing that Hinduism is not worth anything. It’s so wrong, so wrong.

Author Maria Wirth spoke to us over various topics. We’re thankful to her for taking out time to talk to us and share her wise opinions. We hope to get more of her soon and help viewers know her better.

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The White House Echoes With Recitation of Hindu Vedic “Shanti Paath”

Religion also plays an open role in election campaigns

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Introducing the peace prayer at the multi-religious service on Thursday, Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt said, "In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it's not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace". IANS

The Vedic Shanti Paath derived from the Yajurveda has been recited at the White House during the National Day of Prayer by a pujari from a Swaminarayan temple.

Introducing the peace prayer at the multi-religious service on Thursday, Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt said, “In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it’s not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace.”

Making a spiritual prescription for these troubled times, he said, “The Shanti Paath, or the peace prayer, is a prayer that does not seek worldly riches, success, fame, nor is it a prayer for any desire for heaven. It is a beautiful Hindu prayer for peace a” Shanti.

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Brahmbatt is from the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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The Vedic Shanti Paath derived from the Yajurveda has been recited at the White House during the National Day of Prayer by a pujari from a Swaminarayan temple. Pixabay

Representatives of various Christian sects, Judaism and Islam participate in the service with US President Donald Trump.

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What Gives Advocate Prashant Bhushan Right to Hurt Hindu Religious Sentiments?

Most communists hide behind the veil of corruption and pass out anti-hindu comments. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan is one such example

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This isn't the first time that Prashant Bhushan has made such inconsiderate remarks that hurt hindu religious sentiments. Flickr

By Kanan Parmar

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan was slammed by the Supreme Court (SC) after his offensive remarks against the Union Minister Prakash Javedkar who had earlier shared a picture of him watching the Hindu mythological show ‘Ramayana’ amid the nationwide lockdown.

The lawyer had tweeted:
“As crores starve and walk hundreds of miles home due to the lockdown, our heartless ministers celebrate consuming and feeding the opium of Ramayana & Mahabharata to the people!”

The SC replied to Bhushan by saying that people can watch whatever they wish to on television.

After Prashant Bhushan’s critical Anti-Hindu comments, Jaidev Rajnikant Joshi, a former army personnel from Rajasthan filed an FIR claiming that the lawyer has been insensitive with his comments and had hurt religious sentiments.

According to an OpIndia report, “The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to Advocate Prashant Bhushan in FIR registered against him by Gujarat police alleging hurting of religious sentiments. Posting the matter to be heard after two weeks, the court issued a notice to the Gujarat Government, ordering them to not take any coercive action against the defendant till the next day of the hearing.”

The question that arises in the minds of many is that why the lawyer has a problem with people watching Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. His words are equal to spitting venom on Hindus.

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Lawyer Prashant Bhushan was slammed by the Supreme Court after his offensive anti-Hindu remarks. Wikimedia Commons

This isn’t the first time the lawyer has made such inconsiderate anti-Hindu comments. Let us have a look at some of his tweets that prove he is callous and insensitive.

Dr. Munish Raizada from Chicago- who too had been part of anti-corruption party Aam Aadmi party along with Prashant Bhushan- says, “People have the right to practice the religion of their choice or be an atheist. That is fine! However, that does not give people the right to demean or mock people having religious or cultural faiths and preferences. There have been instances when these (Indian) communists and atheists have disrespected people of the Hindu religion but they seem to be blissfully blind when it comes to Islamic and Christian practices.”

According to Raizada, Prashant Bhushan isn’t the only hypocrite out there. There are many people like him with the same mindset. It is interesting to observe that AAP has been sheltering a bunch of left loonies right from the beginning in various shades. He points out that reflecting back, the very first National Executive committee of AAP has at least 50 % members as communists or a paler shades of that. Was it a trap in the name of anti-corruption? Bhushan is on records while being a part of AAP saying that if AAp comes to power, the industry would be under state control (typical communist economic mind set, where as it is well know that this economic theory has miserably failed).

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Here are a few questions to reflect upon. Why don’t the leftists and communists speak about incidents when they are wrong? Why did they not speak up against the wrongdoings of the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat? Is this a conspiracy? What are these people trying to hide behind their Hindu-phobic words?